A pair of small-time crooks steal a car not knowing it has a bomb in its trunk set to detonate at five o'clock. Starsky and Hutch have to do detective work on a deadline, locate the car, collar the crooks and beat the clock before it blows.
Hutch's girlfriend is a drug kingpin's moll attempting to start a new life. The kingpin wants her back and orders his goons to abduct Hutch and addict him to heroin. For another fix, will the strung-out Hutch divulge her hidden location?
When a punk robs the wrong place, knowing that "the people" who run it will come after him so he turns to his old friend, Huggy Bear to make things right with "them". Huggy calls the boss who tells him to just return it. But his friend tells his girlfriend what happened but she wants the money and it turns out she's seeing someone else so they kill him and take the money from Huggy Bear leaving him holding the bag. So Huggy turns to Starsky and Hutch for help.
Starsky and Hutch go undercover as Rafferty and O'Brien, Texas-based dealers looking to make a five-kilo heroin buy from drug kingpin Danner. Assisting them is Cheryl, a wide-eyed country girl and one of Danner's reluctant drug mules.
A go-go dancer is discovered murdered and bound with television antenna wire. She was a former policewoman and girlfriend of Starsky's, which sparks him and Hutch to tap several eccentric informants for a lead on the crazed killer.
Captain Dobey's determination to heat up a cold case puts him and his family in the crosshairs of a grudge-nursing ex-cop sprung from prison by a corrupt corporate CEO who wants both Dobey and the case put on ice.
Starsky and Hutch make time to help an old friend just back in town locate his ex-wife and son while also attempting to uncover the identity of a hitman hired to assassinate a secret witness in a drug kingpin's trial.
A taut hostage drama featuring a wounded Starsky, Hutch and other patrons of an Italian restaurant held captive while a pair of hit-men await the midnight arrival of a mob boss targeted for assassination.